Michael Crim

Michael Crim

Michael Crim is the founding member of Crim Law Office P.L.L.C. He is a native and lifetime resident of Clarksburg, West Virginia. He has been a trial lawyer for 25 years and counsels and represents individuals, professionals, and businesses in a wide range of personal, business and insurance related matters. Michael is frequently retained by individuals and corporate clients and insurers to protect their interests in West Virginia’s most dangerous jurisdictions. Michael maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Attorney Peer Review Rating.

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Attorney Peer Review

Primary Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Extra-Contractual Liability and Bad Faith
  • Toxic, Environmental and Mass Torts
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation


Michael is an established and successful trial lawyer who has first-chaired more than 30 trials. While his practice is most heavily focused on legal malpractice, product liability and toxic, environmental, and mass torts, he has substantial experience litigating cases in a wide variety of practice areas, including matters involving personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. After spending nearly 20 years with his prior firm, Michael made the decision to open his own practice where he could spend more time focusing on his clients and less time caught up in the day to day management of a larger, multi-office law firm. In addition to his current practice, Michael is a proud member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) where he is currently serving as a third-year member on its Board of Directors. Michael has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal in the fields of Product Liability and Product Liability Life Sciences for several years.

Select Accomplishments

  • Defense of product manufacturer in case involving death from pipeline explosion/gas explosion at a residential
  • structure involving multiple fatalities
  • Deliberate intent claim resulting from employee fall at a power station resulting in death
  • Defense of manufacturers, distributors, and employers in numerous chemical exposure cases
  • Defense of product manufacturers in numerous cases involving industrial machinery and heavy equipment
  • Defense of propane distributor in multiple wrongful death lawsuits resulting from explosion
  • Defense of insurance carriers in numerous cases involving coverage, extra-contractual, and bad faith litigation of
  • nursing homes and long-term care facilities in cases involving death from alleged inadequate care
  • Defense of international testing facility in mass tort litigation alleging harmful chemical exposure
  • Defense of lawyers and accountants in numerous cases alleging professional negligence
  • Ongoing defense of multiple clients in asbestos litigation
  • Ongoing defense of employer in Black Lung litigation

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) – A peer-reviewed, invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense lawyers. Michael currently serves on the IADC Board of Directors.

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)

American Bar Association (ABA)

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV)

Bar Admission

Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals – 2002

U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia – 2000

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina – 1998

U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia – 1996

West Virginia Bar – 1996

U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina – 1994

North Carolina Bar – 1994

Michael has been married to his wife, Diana, since October 21, 2000. Together, Michael and Diana have a beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Sarah, who excels in soccer. Michael and Diana followed their dream of owning and operating a farm with the creation of Running Creeks Farm in 2018. If they are not on the soccer pitch watching Sarah, Michael and Diana can generally be found working on their farm.